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Oct 17, 2011

Libya govt says its flag flies over Bani Walid

TRIPOLI, Oct 17 (Reuters) – - Libyan interim government
forces said on Monday they had raised the country’s new flag
over Bani Walid, one of the last bastions of pro-Muammar Gaddafi
loyalists, but it was not yet clear if the town had been
completely captured.

Along with Gaddafi’s hometown Sirte, Bani Walid has been one
of only two towns in Libya where there is still armed resistance
to the rule of the National Transitional Council (NTC).

Oct 16, 2011

Libyan government steps up security after clashes in capital

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s new government increased security in Tripoli Saturday with extra roadblocks and house-to-house searches after fighting in the capital with supporters of Muammar Gaddafi raised fears of another insurgency.

At most a few dozen pro-Gaddafi fighters appeared Friday in only a few neighborhoods of the Libyan capital that are known to be sympathetic to the deposed ruler.

Oct 15, 2011

Libya’s new rulers contend with pro-Gaddafi district

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The armed men wearing the colours of Libya’s new government are everywhere, eyes darting side to side, some edgy, others excited, as they train anti-aircraft guns on Tripoli’s most pro-Gaddafi neighborhood.

But one local man takes a chance down a quiet side street. Pulling his car up alongside a foreign journalist, he jumps out with a message he wants to get across: “Gaddafi was better.”

Oct 15, 2011

Libyan govt beefs up security after clashes in capital

TRIPOLI, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Libya’s new government beefed up
security in Tripoli on Saturday with extra roadblocks and
house-to-house searches after fighting in the capital with
supporters of Muammar Gaddafi raised fears of an insurgency.

At most a few dozen pro-Gaddafi fighters appeared on Friday
in only a few neighbourhoods of the city which are known to be
sympathetic to the deposed ruler.

Oct 14, 2011

Gaddafi gunmen, government forces clash in Libyan capital

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Gunfights broke out in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Friday between dozens of supporters of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi and forces of the new government.

It was the first sign of armed resistance to the NTC in the city since its rebel brigades seized the capital and ended 42 years of one-man rule in August. Though the battles were small and casualties seemed light, it raised concerns the interim government could face an insurgency by Gaddafi loyalists.

Oct 14, 2011

Gaddafi gunmen, govt forces clash in Libyan capital

TRIPOLI, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Gunfights broke out in the
Libyan capital Tripoli on Friday between dozens of supporters of
deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi and forces of the new government.

It was the first sign of armed resistance to the NTC in the
city since its rebel brigades seized the capital and ended 42
years of one-man rule in August. Though the battles were small
and casualties seemed light, it raised concerns the interim
government could face an insurgency by Gaddafi loyalists.

Oct 13, 2011

Tripoli celebrates capture of Gaddafi’s son

TRIPOLI, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Celebratory bursts of gunfire
and fireworks lit up the skies over Tripoli early on Thursday as
word spread that Libyan government fighters had captured Muammar
Gaddafi’s son Mo’tassim in Sirte.

The capture of the deposed leader’s national security
adviser, and the first member of the Gaddafi family, is a big
boost to Libya’s new rulers whose forces are still battling
pro-Gaddafi fighters in his home town of Sirte.

Oct 13, 2011

Gaddafi’s son Mo’tassim caught in Sirte

TRIPOLI, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi’s son Mo’tassim
was captured in Sirte on Wednesday while trying to escape the
town, the head of the Tripoli Revolutionary Council said.

“He was arrested today in Sirte,” Colonel Abdullah Naker
told Reuters.

Oct 12, 2011
via Africa News blog

Were NATO strikes on Gaddafi’s home town justified?

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Britain’s defence secretary, Liam Fox, sounded a little scripted in Misrata at the weekend when I asked him whether NATO’s airstrikes in Muammar Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte were staying within its remit to protect civilians in Libya.

“NATO has been extraordinarily careful in target selection.”

“NATO has been very careful to minimize civilian casualties.”

“NATO has stayed within its mandate throughout.”

It’s a mantra that NATO, and the countries that have contributed to its Libyan adventure, have had to learn well.  They’ve been accused of stretching the legality of the mission “to protect civilians by all necessary measures” before.

Oct 11, 2011

Libya’s main airport to reopen within month: NTC

TRIPOLI, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Libya’s main international
airport will reopen within a month and several international
carriers have agreed to start flights again, the interim
transport minister said on Tuesday.

Libya’s provisional government took over Tripoli
International Airport from a group of regional fighters on
Monday as part of its efforts to consolidate control over
strategic infrastructure.

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      "Irish journalist who has lived in the Horn and east Africa since 2006 - first in Ethiopia, then in Uganda - covering politics, elections, society, culture and economics across the region. I have also worked for Reuters in Tunisia, Iraq and Libya and was part of the team that dominated coverage of Muammar Gaddafi's killing. Always welcome a good chat over on Twitter: @malonebarry"
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